2015 Regular Session
|At the request of:||(at the request of Governor John A. Kitzhaber, M.D.)|
|Bill Title:||Relating to the conservation of working land; declaring an emergency.|
Establishes task force to study multiple economic, social and environmental issues affecting continuing use of land as working farm and forests.
Establishes Working Forests and Farms Advisory Committee to provide advice regarding three new programs for maintaining or restoring conservation benefits of working forests and farms.] Requires Oregon Business Development Department to establish program to provide lenders with loan guarantees, insurance or coinsurance on loans to eligible borrowers for qualifying working forests or farms. Requires department to establish program for issuing fixed-rate loans to eligible borrowers for acquisition of qualifying working forests or farms.] Requires Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board to establish program for issuing grants to acquire or conserve working forests and farms dedicated, in part, for achievement of conservation benefits.] Creates funds for new programs and continuously appropriates fund moneys for use by administering entities to carry out programs.] Requires task force to report to interim committee of Legislative Assembly related to natural resources by December 31, 2016. Sunsets task force on January 2, 2017. Establishes Clean Water Fund. Appropriates fund moneys to Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board for purchasing agreements regarding riparian areas on working farms and forests and for funding capital improvements in association with riparian area agreements to preserve ability to carry out working farm and forest operations on land. Declares emergency, effective on passage.
|Fiscal Impact:||Fiscal Impact Issued|
|Revenue Impact:||No Revenue Impact|
|Measure Analysis:||Staff Measure Summary / Impact Statements|
|Current Location:||In Senate Committee|
|Current Committee:||Joint Committee On Ways and Means|
|Potential Conflicts of Interest/Vote Explanations:||Potential Conflicts of Interest/Vote Explanation Documents|